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goshikisen
10-10-2004, 04:22 PM
Take a look at this Japanese site...

http://www5b.biglobe.ne.jp/~s244f/

Apparently there is a new book coming out on the unit most famous for their efforts in the defense of Tokyo during WWII: The 244th.

If you take a few minutes and click through the links down at the bottom of the page you'll find some astonishing photographs of day to day life in the unit. Fighter pilots eating, conversing, bathing, sleeping, meeting with the general public, etc. If you dig deep enough you'll even see some intereting photographs of Major Teruhiko Kobayashi and his Hien... and even geisha groupies.

These are great photographs if you have the time to look at them.

Regards, Goshikisen

http://www5b.biglobe.ne.jp/~s244f/phot13.jpg

goshikisen
10-10-2004, 04:22 PM
Take a look at this Japanese site...

http://www5b.biglobe.ne.jp/~s244f/

Apparently there is a new book coming out on the unit most famous for their efforts in the defense of Tokyo during WWII: The 244th.

If you take a few minutes and click through the links down at the bottom of the page you'll find some astonishing photographs of day to day life in the unit. Fighter pilots eating, conversing, bathing, sleeping, meeting with the general public, etc. If you dig deep enough you'll even see some intereting photographs of Major Teruhiko Kobayashi and his Hien... and even geisha groupies.

These are great photographs if you have the time to look at them.

Regards, Goshikisen

http://www5b.biglobe.ne.jp/~s244f/phot13.jpg

CHDT
10-10-2004, 04:42 PM
Thanks, very interesting link http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Giganoni
10-10-2004, 04:44 PM
You should also check out the link page to that site! Lots of good Japanese webpages including a WWII radio museum. There is also a Japanese site about Kamikaze, an english page as well which I will link here.

http://www.geocities.jp/kamikazes_site_e/index2.html

LStarosta
10-10-2004, 06:06 PM
A week in the life of the Japanese pilot:


Day 1: I have started my flight training. I am writing this on a potty break. Must note to be careful not to sit too deep onto the latrine seat due to punji sticks. My wingman already tore his anus on one.

Day 2: Rainy day. Watched Hentai 13 hours straight to alleviate the boredom.

Day 3: More flight training. Commander says that we should practice flying our Zeros in circles to disorient the subhuman Americans. After taking off I begin my circle. After the fourth or fifth circle I get dizzy and disoriented and before I know it, my right wing clipped the branch of a Banzai tree. I expected a firing squad, but my commander commended me on my selfless technique! Praise!

Day 4: Our Training Squadron was sent on a practice sortie. Harihoto and I decided to break off and do low passes over the silly Navy people. As I was doing my pass, one of them threw a lit cigarette at my wing and my plane caught fire. Forgot that our planes don't have canopy ejectors. Or fire extinguishers. I bellied into the sea and got picked up and beat up by the navy guys. Must ask CO about canopy ejectors.

Day 5: American bombing raid. We drank Sake in the air raid shelters and smoked cigarettes. Kuriko dropped a ciggarette into his bottle of Sake. Not good. Doc said his genitalia got fused onto his right leg, hampering his rudder control. No flying for two weeks for him.

Day 6: Ground school. Learned to identify American vessels and weak points. Booooring.

Day 7: Awesome, we got issued white rising sun headbands. The Colonel said they're some sort of graduation present! He also said we were his fastest students yet, and because of that we're going on a mission tomorrow! He called it Divine Wind... More praise!

adadaead
10-10-2004, 06:15 PM
You forgot to mention Godzilla http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

JG7_Rall
10-10-2004, 06:20 PM
pure comical genius! seriously!

goshikisen
10-11-2004, 01:52 PM
Speaking of IJAAF... here's some recent photos of the Texas Airplane Factory's Hayabusa (one of 4). It's either a restoration or a reproduction depending on who you talk to. It has a DC-3 engine powering it seeing as how it's next to impossible to find a restorable Nakajima powerplant.

http://www.btillman.com/oscars.htm

btw. everybody knows that Godzilla had nothing to do with WWII. He didn't show up until 1954. The Enola Gay had something to do with the birth of the big green guy. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Giganoni
10-11-2004, 02:33 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>btw. everybody knows that Godzilla had nothing to do with WWII. He didn't show up until 1954. The Enola Gay had something to do with the birth of the big green guy. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

First of all, not green, at least not through most of his career. Secondly, Heisei Gojira did fight in WWII. He saved a Japanese garrison on a small Island by sending the American landing force packing. He was not Godzilla then, still a dinosaur. It is in Godzilla vs King Ghidora (1991). Its a pretty funny scene. I'm still waiting for Ubi to release cockpit shots of Mechagodzilla.

goshikisen
10-11-2004, 02:55 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Giganoni:
First of all, not green, at least not through most of his career. Secondly, Heisei Gojira did fight in WWII. He saved a Japanese garrison on a small Island by sending the American landing force packing. He was not Godzilla then, still a dinosaur. It is in Godzilla vs King Ghidora (1991). Its a pretty funny scene. I'm still waiting for Ubi to release cockpit shots of Mechagodzilla. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I defer to the Kaiju Otaku.

LStarosta
10-12-2004, 02:36 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by JG7_Rall:
pure comical genius! seriously! <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

TY. Apparently the rest of these guys are a diamond factory.

Feathered_IV
10-14-2004, 05:31 AM
Goshikisen, thankyou so much for sharing this link. Some fantastic phtos here.